
05588476
j
2009e.00468
Ellis, Amy B.
Patterns, quantities, and linear functions.
Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 14, No. 8, 482491 (2009).
2009
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
H23
D43
linear functions
measurement
mathematical logic
elementary algebra
middle school students
secondary school science
thinking skills
mathematical concepts
teaching methods
Summary: Pattern generalization and a focus on quantities are important aspects of algebraic reasoning. This article describes two different approaches to teaching and learning linear functions for middle school students. One group focused on patterns in number tables, and the other group worked primarily with realworld quantities. This article highlights the different learning dynamics, reasoning activities, and student ideas that can emerge in classrooms that take a numberpattern approach or a quantitative reasoning approach to linear functions. (Contains 6 figures and 1 table.) (ERIC)